The Bottleneck, September 2
Suggested Songs: “Red House”, “Hear My Train A Comin”
Mato Nanji is widely recognized in the blues-rock world for his Hendrix-like style. He has recorded alongside Doyle Bramhall, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s co-songwriter, and won the 15th Annual Native American Music Award honoring his culture and musicianship. Nanji is from the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota with a reputation on guitar that pays homage to the greats, like B.B. King, who inspired his sound.
The Granada, September 13
Decapitated – “Earth Scar”, “Never”
Thy Art Is Murder – “The Purest Strain of Hate”, “Light Bearer”
Fallujah – “Dreamless”, “Scar Queen”
Ghost Bath – “Golden Number”, “Happyhouse”
Thy Art is Murder is pretty much the face of deathcore at this point. From humble beginnings, loss of their powerhouse vocalist (and his eventual return), Thy Art has come out on top. Fallujah is progressive death metal with a super groovy jazz-like genre which means they’re super technical. -If jazz was heavy, this would be it.
The Bottleneck, September 14
Invoker – “The Manhattan Project”, “DiVisions”, “The Swine”
Reign – “Hollow”, “Patriarch”
Glory – HAS NO INTERNETS
Numerals – “Black Plague”, “Amalgam”
Invoker is a heavy-hitting metal band that dropped an EP called, “Resist” this past June. They’re a nu-metalcore, brutal deathcore band from North Carolina with groove roots. Reign has none of this aforementioned “groove,” but throws down-tempo deathcore chugs with long, drawn-out sinister riffs. What I can tell you about Glory is this: they don’t have a Facebook and I can’t find them on Youtube. A philosophic quote from them, “GLORY IS NO INTERNETS.” Numerals is a KC metal band that HAS internets AND the guy I sat next to in my high school algebra class.
Jackpot Music Hall, September 14
Scubadiver – “Radiate”, “Land Mines”
Shoebox Money – “Chasing The Moon”
HIRETH – “All It Ever Was”
The Havok On Polaris – “Time Flies”, “Kelsey”
This indie rock band from Houston is made up of Dominick Wagner, Eric Quezerguez, and Irwin Perez. And they’re a combination of a little more than indie rock, if you ask me. You’ll find hints of punk-pop and simple, driving rock that allows their vocals to shine. It’s nice to come to a “rock” concert and clearly hear each instrument as well as the words. -That’s one thing you’ll appreciate about Scubadiver in the lineup with Shoebox Money, HIRETH, and The Havok on Polaris.
Liberty Hall, September 16
Suggested Songs: “The Wine We Drink”, “Rowdy Heart, Broken Wing”
Hidden gem: Ellie Holcomb. She’s sang duets with artists like NeedtoBreathe and has a voice that can’t be mistaken. Plus, who doesn’t just crush on husband-wife duos? Drew and Ellie make us all swoon with their unique, Americana-folk sound, sweet, hushed voices and chemistry between each other on stage.
The Granada, September 16
Suggested Songs: “Guinevere”, “Dust”
Country music superstars Mike Eli and James Young met at the University of North Texas and became freshman roomies. (I’ll let you guess how the band name was chosen.) They formed the Eli Young Band using the music they’d written and practiced between classes and jobs in college. In fact, they both make it a priority, even now, to take time to write. From dorm rooms to retreating to the Young family ranch, it’s easy to see how many of their songs have graced the country countdown, Billboard Charts, and have been nominated many times for GRAMMY Awards.
Replay Lounge, September 20
Suggested Songs: “What We Gonna Do”, “Forest of Desire”
All of Sassyblack’s (Catherine Harris-White) songs are written, produced and performed by her. Her raw, personal power in her music is contagious and comes through to those who listen in a feel-good way. “Vibes. It’s all about the energy I share, the energy we share with one another. Whether in public or in private, in romance or otherwise,” says Sassyblack.
The Granada, September 20
Suggested Songs: “Them Changes”, “Tokyo”
Thundercat is famous for his collaboration with Kendrick Lamar on the album “To Pimp A Butterfly.” He’s also recognized as an excellent bassist with proficiency in genres outside of the rap world as well. Thundercat has played with Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to name a few. As an extremely versatile and creative musician, Thundercat knows how to put on a show and surprise his audience. He seems to have no limits!
The Granada, September 24
Suggested Songs: “The Climb”, “In Case You Didn’t Know”
This band started in Sarasota, Florida in 2004 with YouTube as their stage. Daniel, the lead singer, decided to pull his brothers, Alejandro and Fabian, together just after he’d graduated from Harvard Law School. (Woah! So he went to Harvard AND sings?) Covering songs from famous artists soon turned in to actually singing WITH famous artists. Boyce Avenue has capitalized on the art of covers, which is what they’re most known for among their billions of fans. You can snag a VIP meet and greet to get to know these amazing brothers but hurry -there’s only 50 per night.
Lied Center of Kansas, September 24
Suggested Songs: “Lucille”, “Buy Me A Rose”, “Through The Years”
Kenny Rogers is on his final world tour: “The Gambler’s Last Deal.” This world-famous country music singer has 24 number ones, 8 Academy of Country Music Awards, a CMA Lifetime Achievement Award, 11 People’s Choice Awards, 6 Country Music Association Awards and has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. -That’s quite a record! Come and check out one of Kenny’s last shows to commemorate all that he’s contributed to country music.
Liberty Hall, September 25
All That Remains – “Two Weeks”, “Six”, “Madness”
Falling In Reverse – “Coming Home”, “Superhero”
Ocean Grove – “Mr. Centipede”, “Thunderdome”
All That Remains did a cover of “The Thunder Rolls” an original Garth Brooks #1 hit which strays a little bit from the metal scene. You’re gunna get some of their older songs circa 2009ish, but I guess you’ll also be warned that country covers are up for grabs, too. Falling In Reverse is an emo-screamo metal band with band members dressed punk. You won’t hear anything blood-curdling out of them, but you’ll likely feel like your emotional needs are met with their lyrics. Ocean Grove is from Australia which means their accents, alone, are worth a listen. To see them touring with All That Remains is really unique because they should be touring with other Aussies like Northlane, which is more their speed.
The Bottleneck, September 26
Suggested Songs: “Old Friends”, “Size of the Moon”
Pinegrove has really rad merch in case you were wondering, but they have no “About” page. Wikipedia says that Pinegrove is an allusion to the place where Evan Hall and Nandi Plunkett met in college. Discography is mentioned, you can hear their sound on YouTube, Spotify, etc. but to really get a sense of who they are, their soul, you’ll just have to show up and see for yourself!
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